Memory impairment or dementia-related diseases affect more than four million adults in the US. Individuals diagnosed with this type of illness can successfully live at home with the right care and support.

UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice can work with you to develop a care plan to address physical symptoms and behavioral changes. We also recognize the importance of the family caregiver and can recommend resources and community-based services that support families coping with dementia.

When Home Health is right for you

Dementia-related illnesses typically progress over a period of several years. This makes it difficult to identify when it is time to seek additional help or support with care. Concern about your safety or a family member’s safety, can be a good trigger to contact UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice to begin discussing care options.

Some common situations or health conditions that can be addressed through our skilled home health team include:

  • Inability to complete morning or evening routines
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Challenges with walking or moving around the house

Services for persons with memory impairment

Home health services vary depending on the specific condition or progression of your illness. UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice services can begin with support from professional caregivers, who can support daily routines, provide socialization and companionship, and valuable respite time for family caregivers.

Services ordered from your physician and provided by our home health team can also include:

  • Understanding and following prescribed protocols, including taking medications, therapeutic exercise, and adhering to a modified diet
  • Evaluating the home environment for safety issues and creating visual cues to reduce confusion
  • Learning how to cope more effectively with memory impairment and its emotional challenges

UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice offers a specialized, adult day memory care program offering socialization, nursing care, and therapy to the individual and respite for family caregivers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about dementia care?

Call a UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice Nurse, or use the contact form to the upper right.

(802) 860-4400